Puerto Rico could still land a planned private rocket launchpad that would give a lift to the lagging local economy and make the island a player in a bold new industry that is starting to take off.
SpaceX — formally named Space Exploration Technologies Corp. — has yet to nail down where it will develop the world’s first commercial rocket-launching complex, but a site in Texas has emerged as the frontrunner in a race that includes Puerto Rico, Georgia and Florida. Read more
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Green and living trees can absorb the bounty of the sun; dead roots and withered branches are destroyed by it. Therefore, man must seek capacity and develop readiness. As long as he lacks susceptibility to divine influences, he is incapable of reflecting the light and assimilating its benefits. Sterile soil will produce nothing, even if the cloud of mercy pours rain upon it a thousand years. We must make the soil of our hearts receptive and fertile by tilling in order that the rain of divine mercy may refresh them and bring forth roses and hyacinths of heavenly planting.
‘Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace. (Wilmette: US Baha’i Publishing Trust, 1982 second edition) P. 148. Available from http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/ab/PUP/pup-55.html#pg148
Idaho farmer Robert Blair isn’t waiting around for federal aviation officials to work out rules for drones. He and a friend built their own, outfitting it with cameras and using it to monitor his 1,500 acres (600 hectares).
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-12-agriculture-drones.html#jCp
Solar radiation data can be downloaded for the Northern Caribbean Region. Daily, monthly and annual data are available.
“Racism is the most challenging issue sabotaging the American dream.” In her just-released e-novel INTERMARRY, Rhea Harmsen tackles this endemic problem in American Society. DOWNLOAD IT FREE at amazon.com from December 22-26, 2013.
Harmsen’s article “Science in the Hands of Women: Present Barriers, Future Promise” appeared in World Order in 1998 and provides the foundation for the story line for her novel The Harvest of Reason. She co-published the Monroeville Race Unity Forum Bulletin and authored many poems on racial topics, crystallizing the “conversation on race” in the novel Intermarry. Her work with domestic violence survivors in Puerto Rico inspired the novel God Created Women. Harmsen holds a doctorate in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She currently resides in Puerto Rico. Upcoming projects are described in her web page at rheaharmsen.com .
In Memoriam – Jack Keller
Jack Keller, recognized internationally for his creativity, innovations, and expertise in irrigation and water engineering and management, passed away in Denver on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at the age of 85. At the time of his death, Jack was working with International Development Enterprises to develop affordable irrigation technologies for small farmers in developing countries.
Prior to earning his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado in 1953, Keller served in the Navy and the Air Force reserves. He earned a master’s degree in irrigation engineering from Colorado State University in 1955 and a PhD in agricultural and irrigation engineering from Utah State University in 1967.
Keller started his career in irrigation with the W.R. Ames Company before joining the engineering faculty at Utah State University in 1960. He served as department head of agricultural and irrigation engineering from 1980 to 1986. He founded and served as CEO of Keller-Bliesner Engineering LLC, an irrigation and water resources engineering firm based in Logan, Utah, providing consulting services to clients in the U.S. and internationally. His work took him to more than 60 countries in the Americas, Africa, Europe, and Asia.
Despite being dyslexic, Keller was a voracious reader and authored more than 100 technical papers and reports as well as two textbooks, and received four U.S. patents.
“Irrigation,” Keller wrote, “is very important to the well-being of the world.” Jack never retired. He dedicated his entire career to addressing challenges related to irrigation. Jack was well known in the national and international irrigation engineering communities, earning the respect of his colleagues for his creative, holistic problem solving based on rigorous engineering principles.
He was the recipient of numerous professional awards and honors including the Scientific American 50 Award. Keller was a dedicated member of the National Academy of Engineering and willingly fulfilled member responsibilities for more than 25 years. He was a 58-year ASABE member.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sally Altick Keller, whom he met while studying at the University of Colorado. Other survivors are his brother Eugene; sons Andy (Lauren) and Jeff (Renee); daughter Judith (Nelson Cronyn); and grandchildren Ian, Antonia, Maria, Malayna, Erica, Max, Avery, and Zayk.
A member of the Baha’i Faith, Keller was buried in Boulder, Colo., according to Baha’i burial customs. A Celebration of Life gathering in Jack’s memory will be held in spring 2014 in Logan; details to be announced later. The family suggests memorial contributions in his name be given to Expanding Lives, 5541 N. Saint Louis Ave. Chicago, Ill. 60625, and Intermountain Bioneers, c/o Wells Fargo Bank, 5 S. Main Street, Logan, Uah 84321.
As published in Inside ASABE, December 20 2013
Originally posted on Rhea Harmsen:
A strange menagerie in an unlikely setting. Jack Wolinski, a young white architect with a crazy scheme and some maxed-out credit cards. Fiona Reed, a young woman with the brass of a CEO and the innocence of a nun. Otis Reed, a Denzel-like construction foreman with a penchant for poetry. And Towana Jackson, a desperate single mother with too many pounds and too many kids.
Their lives intersect at the juncture of Drexel Boulevard and 47th Street. It’s a wild bid to turn a corner of the ghetto into paradise. Starting with boarded up, urine-smelling, condemned properties. Aiming for yuppie south side “revitalization,” and urban gardens. A mad venture that sucks them into a vortex of hard work, laughter, and near-bankruptcy. Hoping to find dignity, love and healing. But what the heart longs for and the eyes crave, you must not touch.